I hope that this note finds you all keeping well. It is hard to believe that the pandemic is over a year old now. While India had made progress towards flattening the curve earlier this year, it now appears that the new variant is wreaking havoc. At the time of me writing this report, there were over 260,000 confirmed new Covid cases there in the past 24-hours. Needless to say, the situation in India is dire.
Our facilities remain open as they have been deemed an essential service by the government. All of our staff have the appropriate personal protective equipment, and no one is allowed in to our facilities without a mask. We have not noticed a drop is usage over the past two weeks, but we will continue to monitor our data as this situation unfolds.
Our aim is to open five new facilities by the end of April in 2022, and develop the first version of a monitoring and evaluation system. We plan to do this in Bokaro, the district where we currently operate in Jharkhand. We remain hopeful that we will be able to achieve these goals despite this second wave in India. As always, I will keep you all updated.
Thank you again for supporting our efforts. Please take good care of yourselves and your loved ones.
I hope that this note finds you all doing well. It's hard to believe that this year is finally coming to an end.
This year was certainly challenging for SHRI. The pandemic prevented us from scaling as we had originally envisioned. Yet, we were able to keep all of our existing facilities open (they were deemed essential by the government), and we fortunately did not have to down-size our staff at all. As such, we feel incredibly grateful that through this year, we were able to continue providing essential water and sanitation services to our beneficiaries.
The pandemic has underscored the importance of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. As such, we are formulating a new plan with regards to working with the government to scale our work in 2021. We look forward to sharing those updates with you early in the new year. As always, we thank you for your continued support.
On behalf of my entire team, I'd like to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year!
As the Coronavirus pandemic rages on, I hope that this note finds you and your loved ones keeping safe, healthy, and well.
SHRI continues taking precautions to ensure safety for our beneficiaries and staff in India. Social distancing guidelines are still in place at all of our facilities in both Bihar and Jharkhand, and we are limiting the number of people who can be inside our facilities at any given time. Furthermore, we have instituted strict guidelines that ensure one household gets the same water jug as part of our water service.
The pandemic has certainly impeded our plans to scale our services this year. Yet, we understand just how important it is to not put anyone's health at risk by building new facilities in new locations. As such, we will remain patient and resume constructing new sites once it is safe.
Again, I hope that you all continue staying safe amidst this pandemic. I look forward to updating you all again soon.
I hope that this note finds you all doing well during this unprecedented time. These are certainly trying times, and I hope that you are all keeping safe and healthy.
Now, more than ever, SHRI is stepping in to its role as a provider of essential services. The government has given us permission to continue providing our water, sanitation, and hygiene services at all of our facilities as the rest of India remains in lockdown until May 3 (and possibly beyond). We believe that WASH is the bedrock of public health, and we will continue ensuring access to our services throughout this pandemic.
At the same time, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our beneficiaries and staff. We have implemented social distancing regulations at all of our facilities. Our beneficiaries now wait in line 6ft apart to enter the toilets in small groups and our staff have been provided with protective face masks, gloves, and other safety/hygiene equipment.
Like everyone else, we are unsure when the situation in India will improve. Our primary concern at this time is the health, safey, and well-being of our staff and beneficiaries. We are taking this time to think carefully about how we will continue scaling, and improving, our services when it is safe and responsible to do so.
In the mean time, I hope that you all take good care.
I hope that this note finds you all doing well and enjoying the holidays! It's hard to believe that 2019 is coming to an end. I'd like to share some end-of-year updates with you all.
We opened another facility in Jharkand at the end of October. The toilets at this facility are being used by hundreds of people every day, and we are distributing over 20,000 liters of safe drinking water each week. We are thrilled that our services are being used by so many people already, and are excited for our impact to continue growing.
We also kick started our work in Assam in early December. Assam is the third state in which we are now operating. This project has been funded by the Starbucks Foundation as Starbucks sources much of its tea from Assam. Our work will help ensure that tea garden workers have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Finally, The Better India made a wonderful video highligthting our work. This video features SHRI's co-founders, Chandan Kumar and Prabin Ghimire, and does a wonderful job showcasing our model. Please feel free to take a look and share!
As always, I'd like to thank you all for your continued support. We are lucky to have supporters such as you, and look forward to sharing our story with you in 2020!
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